Transition Town West Kirby

Events & Activities 2016


Sat 24th September, 9 - 1pmtwitter logofacebook logo
West Kirby Farmers' Market
St Andrew's Church Hall, Graham Rd, West Kirby CH48 5DE
Buy from a great selection of locally produced food, including homemade pasta, sauces and pesto from Hemingway's Pasta. Today and the 4th Sat in every month. Genuine local producers selling quality artisan foods. Organised by local volunteers, producers and Transition Town West Kirby. www.westkirbyfarmersmarket.co.uk

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Saturday, 1st October, 7pm
Brunt Boggart
West Kirby Arts Centre

An evening of folk music and storytelling. David Greygoose will read the first chapter of his new book, Brunt Boggart, in a multimedia performance. Supported by folk musicians Emily Portman, Alison Parker and the Last Nails, and The Kirk Owls ... with stories told by Andy Johnson and the Storyfest Tellers.
Free admission.
[Please dont park in Brookfield Gardens or Brookfield Road as it is a residential area with limited space. The Centre is a 5 minute walk from the Concourse car park. People with limited mobility may be dropped off at the Centre. Thank you.]
ttwk energy lecture oct 2016
October 6th, 7pm
The 11th Hour
Film showing and discussion
At West Kirby Arts Centre
Free entry, but donations welcome to cover our costs. Bar, tea and coffee available.
Energy Group presentation at West Kirby Arts Centre www.westkirbyartscentre.org Free entry with bar, tea and coffee. No Parking on Brookfield Gardens or Brookfield Road, if driving please use the Concourse car park.

Thursday, 13th October, 5pm
Wirral West Community Fund showcase evening

Hilbre High School
Recently Mellow Yellow funded a silk screen printing workshop at the Bluecoat in Liverpool.
We have printed more signs for the Incredible Edible planters, some T-shirts and footprint bunting for the commitment tree at Earth Fest. (Thank you to Carol Barnett's long hours of immaculate sewing!)
TTWK has applied for more silk screen printing workshops from the Wirral West Constituency Community Fund. We hope to demonstrate screen printing at the funding showcase evening at Hilbre High School on 13th October from 5 pm.
Please come, watch and vote for our bid!

Wednesday 19th Oct 6pm to 8pm
Homegrown Bananas

Join Transition Town West Kirby in The Tee Room, (on Banks Road, West Kirby)
Bring along a homegrown story, song or poem or simply come along and enjoy. We especially welcome children to articipate and anyone trying something new. It's free, and if you can afford a recommended donation of 3 a drink is included.

Sat 22nd October, 9 - 1pmtwitter logofacebook logo
West Kirby Farmers' Market
St Andrew's Church Hall, Graham Rd, West Kirby CH48 5DE
Buy from a great selection of locally produced food, including your favourite freshly-baked french breads - baguettes, croissants, pains au raisins and more, all made by hand and traditionally baked from The French Corner Today and the 4th Sat in every month. Genuine local producers selling quality artisan foods. Organised by local volunteers, producers and Transition Town West Kirby. www.westkirbyfarmersmarket.co.uk

Sunday 23rd October 10.30am - 2pm (approx)
Fungus Foray

A guided walk with herbalist Jesper Launder.
Discover the fungi on Caldy Hill and find out what's edible and what's not. Followed by mushrooms on toast!
Suggested donation of 12.50 per head to cover costs. Numbers limited, so early booking advised - ttwk.food@gmail.com.

Thurs November 3rd, 7pm
The design and build of the West Kirby Passive House

Energy Group presentation at West Kirby Arts Centre www.westkirbyartscentre.org Free entry with bar, tea and coffee. No Parking on Brookfield Gardens or Brookfield Road, if driving please use the Concourse car park.

Monday 21st Nov 6pm to 8pm
Homegrown Bananas

Join Transition Town West Kirby in Nine Leaves Tea Lounge, nearby Hoylake Station
Bring along a homegrown story, song or poem or simply come along and enjoy. We especially welcome children to participate and anyone trying something new. It's free, and if you can afford a recommended donation of 3 a drink is included.

Incredible Edible Group


Incredible Edibles needs more volunteers to maintain our existing planters, plus more we are being asked to take on. If you would like to join us please ring 07724 175779 or 625 9974 to find out more about our activities. Or come along to our next meeting at 2pm on Thursday 22nd September in West Kirby Library, where you will be most welcome.
The Community Orchard in Grange Cemetery is maintained jointly by Incredible Edibles and Friends of Grange Community Park, in regular sessions on the second Saturday of every month from 3-4 p.m. and the fourth Friday of the month at 10-11 a.m. Note our new meeting point at the Scout Hut at the Lang Lane entrance to Grange Cemetery, where you will know us by our high-visibility vests. Planned maintenance dates are:
  • Friday September 23rd 10-11 am
  • Saturday October 8th 3 -4 pm
  • Friday October 28th 10-11 am

Apple Avenue


At Apple Avenue two volunteers have scythed the grass / weeds around the trees and we have applied for funding to do further work there. Please vote for this funding application from the Wirral West Community Fund. You can also find us on 13th October from 5 pm at Hilbre High School, where all grant applicants will showcase their bids.

Thanks again to Lunts and Deli 1386 for accepting and passing on cuttings of herbs.

We are also very grateful for Colin Lunt's donation of fruit towards our smoothly-bike smoothies at Earth Fest and for his free pansies for our planters.

Travelling Light Lantern Peace Parade


The Lantern Peace Parade combines Armistice Day with the German Tradition of St Martins Day. We invite you to join a workshop and carry your own lantern to celebrate peace and reconciliation, sharing and togetherness on Friday November 11th from 5:30pm at Coronation Gardens, South Parade.

TTWK is delighted that Magenta living has granted us temporary use of the former post office / newsagent in Coronation Buildings off Greenbank Road.
As this building has been unoccupied for several years, it is great news for Mellow Yellow's need to find space for our lantern making workshops and storage of the large lanterns. Peace dove lantern
The photo shows our beautiful peace dove, which has already had an outing at Earth Fest before becoming a lantern for travelling light on 11th November.

Lantern making workshops for all ages:



Evening lantern making sessions at Coronation Buildings, Greenbank Road: probably Wednesday 26th October and 2nd November, 7.30 - 9.30pm, call beforehand to check.
Half-Term sessions at West Kirby Library: Wednesday and Thursday, 26th and 27th October from 10:30am 2:30pm.
Tuesday workshops with the Drop In Centre, United Reformed Church Hall: 1st and 8th November, 10:30am 1.30pm.
For details please contact 0151 625 9974.
Workshops are free, but 5 donation will be appreciated towards costs.

West Kirby Messenger


The West Kirby Messenger team would like to thank all volunteers who have helped with the distribution of the September edition and to 2 new people who have come forward after our request for more helpers in the August newsletter.

If you are involved in community activities happening in or around West Kirby and would like them to be publicised, please let us know.
Deadline for submissions for the winter issue is 1st November.

For more information or further offers of help you can call 0151 6259974 or ttwk.food@gmail.com

We also would like to hear from you, if you want to advertise your business / services.




Pictures from Wirral Earth Fest 10th September 2016
Abyssa drummers
grinding corn
sign and ttwk table

Pictures from Wirral Climate Change Walk 29th November 2015
Climate Change Walk
Climate Change Walk




Sept 2016 Round Up



The sun came out once again for Wirral Earth Fest! Thank you to everyone who came along to either or both of the Launch Night and the Festival Day. You helped to create another magical Earth and People Friendly Festival.

The Launch Night brought together the peaceful folk music of the Kirk Owls, an entertaining story, The Boy and His Drum, by the Storyfest Tellers and the Kirk Owls, and an engaging talk by Alastair McIntosh on spiritual activism.

Alastair connected with the St Bridget's Hogback Stone.
Alastair McIntosh

There are many of these in Govan, where he lives. He told how the knots at the bottom of the stone represent eternity and our connections with past and future generations. The overlapping tiles represent the ways that people's lives overlap, offering each other protection and support. Taken together the Stone represents community and how we are stronger together than we are as individuals.

Alastair spoke of St Bridget and her importance in the Scottish Isles where he grew up. He talked of the importance of nurturing our spiritual core in order to be able to replenish ourselves when "the oil of your life lamp has burned low". How, often, we turn to consumerism to distract ourselves from this emptiness inside, and how consumerism has a negative impact on climate change. People, he suggested, have become "infected by the spirit that no longer respects limits ... no longer respects boundaries" so that, for example, rainforests are cut down by logging companies with no thought for the global consequences.

This process has also frightened our sensitivity to nature away. He talked about the importance of connecting with our inner imagination Faerie, the imagined realm, which helps us to connect with nature and our inner core. Ultimately, it is all about love! Spirituality is "life as love made manifest". As activists, we name the power holders with love; unmask how they gained that power and then engage with them with that knowledge ... without fear and with a still heart.

Alastair also talked of how activism doesn't have to be the large gestures we associate with direct action (barricades, etc.). Micro activism also contributes to making the World a better place: making someone a cup of tea when you see that they need one; walking with someone who seems to be feeling vulnerable (e.g. in the face of racism); making the choice to act with kindness rather than aggression. Large actions can flow from these small ones.
Finally, Alastair talked about our connection with place. He said that people belong to the places they care for ... if you carry a place in your heart, you can always take it with you.

If you'd like to, you can listen to Alastair's talk here:



And now the Festival day, which brought together young and old for fun on the fields and in the Centre at St Bridget's Church. There was definitely an edge of autumn in the air and the sunshine brought welcome warmth to the day. This time the big field was graced with an enormous peace dove that hung and swayed gracefully in the breeze next to the Commitment Tree.

peace dove
Once again, there was a really lovely atmosphere and stall holders told us how kind everyone who came was. So thank you! Margaret Greenwood, Wirral West MP, spent a lot of time at the Festival and spoke for a little while on the Sun Stage. The music created a lovely atmosphere, supported by stories and activities, food, and of course, all the local interest groups and crafts people that joined us.

TTWK and St Bridget's Church would like to thank everyone who helped to make the Festival special. From all the diverse artists we hosted on The Sun Stage and our new addition, The Moon Stage (many thanks to Scaredycats, Operation Lightfoot, Coast, Mamatung, Blackthorn Root, Jimmy Rae & the Moonshine Girls, Tabitha Jade, Ellipses, The Celebrated, Abissa Percussion, Shindig, Martin Ward, First Fire, Miles Knoop, Julian Müller, Sarah Beatrice, Strong Medicine), our compères and performers Thom Morecroft, Naffrodite, Ben, Emma (better known as St Bridget's Church Curate), Andy Johnson for hosting the Story Tent, Carla Phillips at Travellers Through Time and Jo Smith from Seagrass who facilitated the community art activity, all the stall holders, food providers and Annabel's Ponies, too. Thanks, of course, to The Kirk Owls, Storyfest Tellers and Alastair McIntosh for Friday night. And then a final big THANK YOU to the stage teams, who engineered sound, and the volunteers who harnessed time, got the Festival off the ground and kept it going.

May the spirit of the Earth be with you! We'll see you next year for more fun!


Regional Transition Activities



On Monday, 3rd October, Nick Drew is putting on an environment day in Heswall, with events in the daytime and evening, around a theme of water.

On Saturday, 15th October, Transition Liverpool have their annual symposium: Radical Shift: Building Sustainable Futures For A Devolved Liverpool City Region; 9:30am 4:30pm, Friends Meeting House, School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BT. Book through www.radicalshift.eventbrite.co.uk.


Who are we?



...a group of concerned local people working towards a sustainable low-carbon lifestyle, based in West Kirby, Hoylake, and elsewhere on the Wirral.

We are one of dozens of Transition Town groups that have formed over the last few years throughout the UK and around the world.

The global challenges of climate change and energy shortages are approaching - we feel that we may not be able to do much at a global level, but can do a lot at the level of the local community - and that it is better to plan a local response in advance rather than wait until the problems become a crisis. And we feel that there will be many advantages of a low-carbon lifestyle.

Membership is open to all at no charge.

Read more about Transition Town groups


What are our plans?



People joining the group are welcome to come to working group meetings on how the community should respond in individual areas such as food, transport and home energy.

About half of our membership comes from outside West Kirby, including Hoylake, Heswall, Meols and Wallasey. As the membership enlarges, we expect that separate Transition groups will develop, based in other parts of the Wirral.


Contact us - stay informed



Principal contact: info@transitiontownwestkirby.org.uk

Let us know if you would like to be added to our email mailing list (we will not to release email addresses to anyone else).

If you have any imaginative ideas of ways to celebrate the town of West Kirby and spread the message or want to help organise future awareness raising/community-building/fun events we would love to hear from you. Likewise if you are able to display posters advertising our events.


West Kirby Farmers' Market



A regular monthly Farmers' Market on the 4th Saturday of every month.
If you are a local producer and would like to apply to sell at the market, application forms are available from the West Kirby Farmers' Market website www.westkirbyfarmersmarket.co.uk


TTWK national allotment report



Waiting list figures in England remain high, and councils are doing little to increase provision.
Download the full report or the database of council responses.


Wirral A-Z Recycling Guide



In collaboration with Wirral Environmental Network, we publish a guide to local recycling with regular updates. Visit the recycling page on the WEN website for an online version or to print a copy for handy reference.


Downloads



Why do local shops matter?

Where to buy local eggs in West Kirby

Download leaflet, recipes, fact sheets

Our Constitution


West Kirby What's On
Listing of community events in West Wirral.


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